About CEMESP

The Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP) is one of Liberia’s leading media development organizations. The Center was legally established on October 24, 2003 in response to the challenges confronting professional media practice and free speech as a result of years of conflict in Liberia.

Its primary objectives at inception were to strengthen the work of media professionals and human rights organizations and thereby enhance peace building efforts through the development of the capacities of these two key sectors to understand, anticipate and forecast conflicts as well as develop and plan holistic solutions to such conflicts.

Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, (CEMESP) was primarily formed to protect media rights and freedom of expression using a multi stakeholders approach. The attrition of war in human and material terms necessitated a post war media action to help in building state and non-actors synergy in charting a new direction based on democratic renewal that consolidates peace.

CEMESP PROFILE

Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, (CEMESP) was primarily formed to protect media rights and freedom of expression using a multi stakeholders approach. The attrition of war in human and material terms necessitated a post war media action to help in building state and non-actors synergy in charting a new direction based on democratic renewal that consolidates peace.

To this end, CEMESP has been involved with capacity building, policy and human rights advocacy, research, documentation of attacks, threats and violations of freedom of expression and media rights.

CEMESP in 2010 developed a five year strategic plan to align its interventions to emerging issues- gender mainstreaming, engaging state and non-state actors to foster political accountability, moving the campaign on Freedom of Information Act 2010 from awareness raising to action in terms usage of the law in demanding and supplying information to instill a culture of transparency and accountability.

The fact that CEMESP has reinvented itself to accommodate new spheres of interventions from gender mainstreaming, building networks, agenda setting around  natural resource exploitation, civic dialogue, justifies the redesigning of its internal and external communication systems.

This yearning is especially of relevance to the center’s website that is in dire need of overhaul to accommodate new functions. CEMESP wants to be an effective communicator to its existing audience- media operatives, its network partners, the political class and potential audience of citizens, CSOs sharing the values of the center, academia and new funders whose partnership will be a sustainability leverage.

It has to be remembered that CEMESP deals with mostly intangible products and services. These are traceable to research works, documentation of alerts of attacks, threats and violations of media rights and freedom of expression, policy advocacy tools and products, capacity building of media and non-state actors, among other things. These are mostly geared towards influencing behaviour change and transmitting of training packages to empower recipients.

These products and services are sellable for stakeholders buy in using strategic communication channels. The redesigned website and other internal information channels will cascade into mainstream and social media for multiplier effect.

 

The Center for Media is governed by a Board of Directors consisting 7. There are:

  •  Mr. Abdullai Kamara: Board Chair, President Press Union of Liberia (PUL)
  • Mr. Frank Sainworla: Station Manager Radio Veritas
  • Cllr. Izetta Wesley: Lawyer and Former President Liberia Football Association (LFA)
  • Mr. Cornelius N. Nagbe: Human Rights Officer, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
  • Cllr. Onesiumus Barwon: Lawyer and County Attorney for Grand Bassa County
  • Mr. Malcolm W. Joseph: Executive Director serving as Secretary of the Board

 

The Center for Media secretariat comprises the following individuals

  • Malcolm W. Joseph: Executive Director
  • Mr. Dickson Williams: Head of Finance Office
  • Ms. Georgia Hall: Administrative Assistant
  • Mr. Ralph Jimmeh: Programs Officer
  • Mr. Baron Ansu: Program Officer, Media and Governance Affairs
  • Miss. Tennen B. Dalieh: Program Assistant
  • Mr. Arthur Quayee: Office Assistant
  • Mr. Rudy Jones: Intern